Dorothy V. Indeck Obituary

Dorothy V.  Indeck
Dorothy V. Indeck

August 25, 1924 - May 4, 2020
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey


Dorothy V (Zeidman) Indeck passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 from complications of the Corona Virus. She was born in 1924 to Philip and Fanny (Berman) Zeidman in Brooklyn, New York until moving to the Boston area.

Dorothy grew up in Boston, and graduated from Boston Teachers College. After graduation she taught elementary school in Boston. It was during that time period, that she went to a party in Chelsea and met her future husband Bernie Indeck. He was in the military, but wooed her from afar with his poems and letters. He proposed marriage to her before he return via a telegram and she accepted!

At the same time, her older sister, Beatrice met her future husband Abraham Young on a blind date. He had just returned from his time in the Army during WWII.

Since both sisters were engaged at the same time, they decided to have a double wedding…quite the event in Roxbury!

Bernie and Dorothy and their two children moved to Plainfield, New Jersey around 1958 when Bernie was offered a great opportunity working for Ethicon a division of Johnson and Johnson. Two years later, they moved into the new home they built in Bridgewater where they stayed. Shortly after moving to Bridgewater, a third child arrived on the scene.

Dorothy took a position as the director and teacher of the JCC Nursery School in Somerville before taking a position as the teacher of the gifted and talented children, first at the Van Holten School then later at Adamsville School where she received numerous accolades until she retired.

Not long after moving to New Jersey, the family had an outing in NYC and went to see the classic game show “Beat the Clock”. Dorothy and Bernie needed to fill out a questionnaire to see if they would be chosen to participate in the game show. They were selected because one of the questions asked for some interesting bit of information about them. She answered: “I spent my wedding night with my sister”. They were on the show for multiple days and won lots of great prizes.

Dorothy had a wide array of interests. She was very active in the local synagogue and Hadassah. She was an avid reader, she sang in a semi professional women’s choral group (in the Boston area), she enjoyed going to the opera and the theater. They traveled extensively with different Elder Hostel groups (Road Scholar) around the world. Upon their return from their travels, they enjoyed regaling family and friends with their slides and videos for hours on end.

Later on, Dorothy volunteered as a docent at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.

Dorothy was dedicated to her family above all else and looked forward to hosting holidays in New Jersey for the extended New England family.

She leaves her daughter Barbara (Cowen), and her son Matthew with wife Cathey, and Andrew with wife Cheryl, her grandchildren Neil Hebert, Carl Hebert, Meredith Grant, Justin and Jennifer Grant, Daria Indeck, Dagan & Tina Indeck, Rebecca Indeck, Alissa Indeck. Great grandchildren Jonathan Robbins, Raya Hay, Nathaniel Grant, Julianna Grant, Peter Grant, Penelope Grant, Vito Indeck and Enzo Indeck. She leaves her sister-in-law Marcia Zeidman. And she also leaves many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy is pre-deceased by her husband Bernard Indeck, her sister Beatrice Young and brother Morton Zeidman, grandson Rick Hebert, and son-in-law Robert Cowen.

Graveside services will be private at Temple Sholom Cemetery in Bridgewater. Arrangements by Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home in Somerville.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. To send condolences to the family, visit






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